Hello, everyone! I wanted to write a little post, letting you guys know what I’m doing next month. These past couple of months have been hectic for me, and November will be more of the same. But if you like to write, it would be awesome if you would join me in my hectic month of November!
Now, I’m fairly new to book blogging (actually, I think I just passed the 9-month mark yesterday!), so I’m not sure how familiar you all are with a little thing called NaNoWriMo. So if you already know about it, you can skip this next part, but be sure to read on below, because I’ve got questions for everyone further down the post!
So, for those of you not familiar with NaNoWriMo, allow me to inform you! NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is an event where thousands of writers each try to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it’s actually doable! I’ve participated for 3 years now and although I’ve only reached that 50,000-word goal one of those times, it’s still a fun event that I look forward to every year.
Not only is NaNoWriMo a fun challenge for writers, but it’s a fun social event as well. I met some of my closest friends through meetups in my area. And the website (www.nanowrimo.org) has forums and pep talks and all kinds of stuff to keep you motivated and organized and having fun the whole month long.
So you’re probably wondering what you get out of it. Well, basically, you end up with the immense satisfaction of writing for a month. Whether you reach that 50,000-word goal or not, you’ve written something that didn’t exist before that month began. It won’t be perfect–actually the goal of NaNoWriMo is quantity, not quality. You get the ideas and the basic story down on paper and then, if you want to, you can edit it later for possible publication or just for your self.
Still not sold on the idea? Well, take a look at the following novels. What do you think they all have in common?
They’re all NaNo novels! At some point, each of these authors was writing their novel during NaNo! And they’re all pretty successful novels, as well.
Anyway, if you’d like to know more about NaNo, you can go to their About page, or you can feel free to ask me questions in the comments. If you love to write and you’ve always thought about writing a novel, why not try it out?
Questions for YOU
Since I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year and I have all you lovely bloggers and readers hanging around the internets, I’d like to ask you a few questions about what YOU want to see in books that you read. I’m not asking for you to tell me what trend you want to see, or what plot you want to see in a book. I want to know what you like and don’t like about the books you read.
So please, tell me, what irks you about the books you’ve been reading lately? Maybe you’re tired of insta-love, or you hate the fact that there aren’t many complex friendships between female characters, or that all the parents in YA novels are completely absent, etc. And what do you love about the books you’ve been reading? Maybe the rise of strong female characters that don’t literally kick butt?
I want to know your thoughts because I don’t want to fall into the trap of writing these things that are annoying myself and all my fellow readers. NaNoWriMo is by no means simply a way to get published. But I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a little kid, and when I write, I write with the focus of possibly sending the book out to agents at some point. Not every book will get to that point, and actually none have for me yet. And I’m not writing a book simply to get published, nor am I asking you these questions because I’m “writing for the audience.” I’ll still very much be writing for me, but I want to avoid those cliches that many readers despise. So thanks in advance for all your advice! And I hope to see you writing alongside me in November!